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Peopleverse 006: Jeffrey Potter

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Jeffrey Potter graduated from North Dakota State University in 2013 and started his specifications career in 2015 at HMC Architects. It didn't take long for Jeff to fall in love with specifications and the world of architecture, ultimately becoming the head specifier at HMC Architects in 2020. Jeff is currently working at Deltek as a Specifications Solutions Product Manager helping shift the industry towards a revolutionary approach to specifications.

In this episode we discuss:

  • Jeff’s unique path to becoming head specifier in an architecture firm
  • Jeff’s story about how came to love spec writing after starting in the industry with no experience
  • whether or not the specification process has changed over the past few decades
  • the challenges and outcomes of updating the tools and specifications process in architecture firms today
  • the problem Jeff is helping to solve in regards to specifications in his new role
  • whether or not the current specifications process is ‘broken’ 
  • how data analysis and data-driven decisions could help in the specification process
  • what traits make for a good specifier in a firm
  • how specifiers can help everyone in an office understand what is in a spec
  • a discussion about the path to wider adoption of ownership of the specification by the team building the BIM model
  • insight into the day-to-day of being a specifier at a large firm
  • how integrating specification writers into the project team earlier in the design process drives better project outcomes
  • examples of challenges involved in updating a spec process
  • some lessons learned from Jeff’s implementation of ‘scope of work meetings’ and ‘level of expectation meetings’ as a specifier
  • Jeff’s personal addition of a fifth ‘C’ to the four C’s of CSI
  • some issues Jeff has observed with public bid projects (design-bid-build) from a specifier’s point of view
  • the superpowers that building product experts can use in the design process to deliver value to the design team 
  • the importance of specifiers and product reps understanding that the design team, in many cases, is thinking in terms of assemblies rather than individual products and what Jeff calls an ‘assembly mindset’
  • the idea of a specification and data-driven recommendation engine for building products
  • the importance of mentorship, knowledge capture, and knowledge transference from experienced spec writers to emerging professionals
  • why Jeff recently chose to transition his career from being a specifier at an architectural firm to a specifications solutions product manager
  • why someone should consider becoming a specifier
  • how technology can help obtain more efficiency, productivity, and accuracy in specifications
  • Jeff’s vision of the future of specifications 
  • Jeff's message for the building industry

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